NASSAU, The Bahamas – With about a dozen events in place on the official calendar, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture announced that National Youth month activities will begin on October 1, with the event “One Thousand Youth Call to Prayer.”
This first event will be at Rawson Square, in downtown Nassau, at 7:00pm It will entail a march and rally format with youth participants marching from three locations to the site.
There will be a group of youth marching from the National Centre for the Performing Arts on to Shirley Street and east to Bay Street. Another group will travel from Windsor Park to Bay Street, while the third group will travel from Christie Park on to Nassau Street and to Bay Street.
On Sunday, October 3, at 4:30 pm, there will be a Youth Band Encounter in Rawson Square, showcasing the newly formed Bahamas United All-Star Band.
Internationally, the 100-plus-member Bahamas United All-Star Band is also slated to be in Florida, October 7-10, 2010, with performances at venues, including the Bethune-Cookman University Homecoming, in Daytona Beach.
On Friday, October 15, there will be a Youth Sail Boat Presentation and Exhibition at C. V. Bethel High School, which will also be held the following day at Montagu Bay.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Charles Maynard will lead a Community Walkabout that same Saturday.
On Wednesday, October 20, there will be a Youth Recognition Ceremony at Government House, at 7:00pm, while there will be a Youth in Parliament session at the House of Assembly, on Friday, October 22.
For the music lovers, there will be a Bahamian Talent Showcase at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, at 8:00pm, on Saturday, October, 23, and the Annual Youth March and Rally at Clifford Park, at 3:00pm About 5,000 youth are expected to take part in the March and Rally.
In the educational aspect of the month, there will be the International Year of the Youth Celebration Lecture at the College of The Bahamas Theatre, on Wednesday, October 27, at 7:00pm Also, on Thursday, October 28, at 11:00am, the National High School Leaders Launch will take place at the Police Headquarters, East Street. All high school youth leaders are invited to attend and Minister Maynard and Minister of Education the Hon. Desmond Bannister are slated to sign a bi-lateral agreement.
Rounding out National Youth Month activities will be the annual Step Show, at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, at 7:00pm
“Under the theme ‘Celebrating Youth… Get Involved (242)’, we are inviting young people to formalise themselves with the good work of our youth groups and to become involved in one or more of them,” Minister Maynard said at the National Youth Month Official Launch Ceremony, at the Ministry, on Thompson Boulevard. “We are also using this opportunity to invite Bahamians at large, to volunteer their time and energies to a youth group of their choice.”
By ERIC ROSE
Bahamas Information Services